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Bayside gymnasts excel in Oviedo

Published October 1, 2006

The club gymnastics season is in full swing, and the Clearwater-based Bayside Gymnastics team began its fall campaign with an outstanding showing at the Ninth Annual Sunshine Invite on Sept. 16-17 in Oviedo.

Bayside's Level 5 team's high-point effort was highlighted by Sabrina West and Tiffany Paxson. West won the beam and finished second on the floor and in the all-around. Paxson was second on the beam and floor and was also runner-up in her age group all-around.

The Level 4 team from Bayside won the small team division trophy, with Victoria Greco winning the bars and placing second in both the all-around and the beam. Merina Casa tied for second in her age group all-around, while Gaylen Granby beam and Kaitlin Wallace (bars) also were event runners-up.

Host team LaFleur's Gymnastics Club of Largo won the Level 4 team title at last weekend's Hurricane Invitational.

Madeline Cappelli and Ashley Seidl spearheaded LaFleur's championship effort at Level 4 by garnering all-around titles. Cappelli won on the bars and floor, and Seidl notched three event wins (vault, beam and floor) on her way to the highest all-around score (37.375) of the meet.

Brooke Lombardo and Bryanna Maggio each won their Level 4 vaults for LaFleur's, while Angela Chiacchia (bars), Stella Sardo (bars) and Natalie Morrison (floor) also won individual events.

The Level 5 team from LaFleur's placed second, with Laura Meunier winning the bars and her age group all-around. Jazmine Cramer (vault), Brenna Kirk (bars), Rebeca Lizotte (beam) and Christina Tournant (floor) were victorious individually.

Three gymnasts from Oldsmar's Victory Gymnastics Training Center fared well at the Aloha Invitational, hosted by the University of Tampa.

Nicole Tran (Level 4) won an age-group all-around title, while Level 6 teammate Lindsey Walker won two events (beam and floor) en route to a second-place all-around finish. Allie-Reigh Heller won on the beam and floor and was third overall in Level 6.

SWIMMING: Alex Katz of the Clearwater Aquatics Team (CAT) won seven individual events en route to high-point honors in the 9-10-year-old division of the Sweet September meet held Sept. 8-10 in Dunedin.

Morgan Perotti added victories in five events for CAT, outscoring the field in the 9-10 girls division. Macy Marshburn also notched five event victories in the 8-under girls.

Perrotti followed her effort at the Sweet September meet with another high-point crown at the St. Petersburg Aquatic Total Team Wares Fall Invitational last weekend. Perrotti joined teammates Ryan McRae (11-year-old boys), David Morgan (12), Wes Stearns (14) and Emman Crescimbeni (16) as high-point winners.

The Palm Harbor YMCA Piranhas boasted three high-point winners - Andrew Belcik, Tristan Sanders and Julie Bennett - at the SPA Total Team Wares Fall Invite.

Belcik won the 25 backstroke and 25 butterfly on his way to the high-point title in the 8-under boys. Sanders was victorious in the 50 and 100 backstroke in the 10-under boys division. Bennett won the 18-year-old girls title.

Other event winners for the Piranhas were Ryan Edens (11-12 boys, 50 freestyle), Blake Freeman (13-14 boys, 200 breaststroke) and Katie Coleman (senior, 200 butterfly).


Times correspondent Emery Skolfield can be reached at (727) 490-7618 or

[Last modified September 30, 2006, 21:58:22]

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